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Interstate 85 work to require lane closures

LAWRENCEVILLE - Crews will close a lane of Interstate 85 this week in preparation for a traffic shift Saturday.

The work, part of the $150 million reconstruction of the Ga. Highway 316 interchange, requires closure of the outside lane of I-85 south from Ga. Highway 120 to Ga. 316 beginning at 10 a.m. every day this week, Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Teri Pope said.

The lane will reopen at 5 a.m. Thursday and Friday to make room for rush-hour traffic.

About 9 p.m. Friday, crews will close the two inside or left lanes of the interstate to remove the top layer of asphalt, and after midnight, I-85 traffic will shift to the inside lanes, while the outside lanes' asphalt is removed and restriped, Pope explained.

By 10 a.m. Saturday, traffic will be back to placed back on its original path, which had been moved in July to make room to build flyover bridges from Ga. 316 west to I-85 south and Pleasant Hill Road.

"We definitely expect delays as this switch is made so please avoid this section of I-85 south if you can all day Friday and Saturday morning," Pope said.

From 4 a.m. to about 10 a.m. Saturday, traffic will be paced, while crews pull new power lines across the interstate near Boggs Road, she added.

On top of those delays, overnight paving will continue on I-85 south from Ga. 316 to Old Norcross Road. The paving will require the outside lane to be closed from 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night, she said. The work will not occur over the weekend, but will continue next week on I-85 north.

Pope said the switch to the northbound lanes could occur late this week.

For updates on the construction, including lane closures, visit www.georgianavigator.com.